Performances | Technologies of Lived Abstraction: Future Present

11 Apr 2019 – 14 Apr 2019

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As part of the exhibition programming for 'Anamorphic Waves', Monica Tolia and her performers will be hosting a series of performances and workshops.


'Technologies of Lived Abstraction: Future present’ presents a series of 3-hour durational performances where the performers, as quantified subjects, confront neural network algorithmic architectures impacting the construction of movement in the space. The performers are wearing biosensors that read the data produced through their movements (muscle tension, orientation, speed, etc.). Their data is translated in real-time, producing a constantly moving and mutating light sculpture projection. It is the visualised form of their data, an abstracted “data self”, acting as another body in the space, the performers responding to its unpredictably abstract outputs. Through the duration of the performance, they confront this radical intimacy with the algorithm, each other and the audience.

Performed by Angus Bartlett, Marlen Pflueger, Monica Tolia & Moses Ward 
Programming by Terry Clark 
Sound by James Philip Brown


The durational performance will happen daily, and is free!  

Thursday 11 April 18:00 - 21:00

Friday 12 April 18:00 - 21:00

Saturday 13 April 14:00 - 17:00

Sunday 14 April 14:00 - 17:00


During the exhibition, we will host public movement workshops for all levels, no experience necessary. With supervision and guidance from the performers, participants can wear the sensors used in the performance to control the interactive light sculptures.  

* While children are welcome to attend the workshops, they will be unable to wear the sensors due to sizing.

Friday 12 April 16:00 - 17:00

Saturday 13 April 12:30 - 13:30

Sunday 14 April 12:30 - 13:30



'Technologies of Lived Abstraction: Future present' is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


The project is part of the group exhibition 'Anamorphic Waves' curated by Geraldine Atger: 


Exhibition launch: 11th April 6pm - 9pm 
Exhibition Dates: Friday 12th - Sunday 14th


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